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Bella Gaffney

Winner of a Danny Kyle award at Celtic Connections 2016 which led to a performance at the Royal Concert Halls and invites to several Scottish festivals...

Bella Gaffney is another emerging talent from the vibrant folk / acoustic scene of West Yorkshire.  We believe she is now about to break through on the folk scene nationally.

Bella writes folk inspired songs which she performs along with her own original arrangements of traditional pieces.  Bella was brought up in the folk tradition as her family runs the iconic Topic Folk in Bradford but she is not restricted by the label and considers herself a singer and writer of songs with strong narratives.  Naturally Bella started her acoustic music career at the Topic, where her first song was John Martyn's 'May You Never'. Her songwriting is clearly influenced by lyrical songwriters and those with something to say: artists as diverse as Richard Thompson, Jez Lowe, Billy Bragg, Jack Savoretti, Roger Davies and Michelle Shocked.

As a teenager she played at Otley Folk Festival, Hull Folk Festival, Dent Music Festival, Filey Folk Festival, Southwell Folk Festival, Cleckheaton Folk Festival, Holmfirth Festival of Folk, Luddenden Festival, Saltaire Festival, Howarth Music and Arts Festival, Raise Your Banners in Bradford, Norman Rae Gala, Hannah Fest and Shipley Music Festival. She also performed at Beverley Folk Festival , Southwell and the brand new Todmorden Folk Festival and supported Altan at Saltaire Live and  Mark Radcliffe & the Foes at Otley Courthouse.

University studies took Bella to Nottingham and she has delighted audiences in the midlands too.  She was President of the University of Nottingham's Folk Society. Her best known song ‘Centenary Square’ was used for ‘Positive Bradford Day’, while ‘Too Old’ was featured on BBC Radio Leeds’ ‘Best of Bradford’ programme. Both songs were on her 'Homegrown' CD, which is currently sold out. Her second CD 'The Clock that Didn't Stop' is now available.



Bella also performs traditional and original music with Bric-a-Brac, a foot stomping young folk band playing traditional and original music. Heralding from exotic corners of Yorkshire and the Midlands such as Bradford, Sherwood Forest and Moseley Bog, they play an eclectic mix of instruments; songs and tunes in their repertoire can be lead by anything from concertina to 5-string bass. They are Bella Gaffney - guitar, concertina, mandolin, vocals; Chris Elliott - fiddle, bouzouki, guitar, mandolin, vocals; Caitlin Jones - whistle, flutes, vocals, the folk recorder... and Heather Sirrel - bass and guitar, vocals


For Bookings contact Dave Boardman on 01422 844091 / 07846 653843 or dave@doddnaze.co.uk







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